Madurai : Tuticorin V O Chidambaranar Port Trust is working on projects that would facilitate generation of 10 Mega Watt power in an eco-friendly manner, said T K Ramachandran, chairman of V O Chidambaranar Port Trust while addressing the port stake holders at the Independence Day celebration at the Port School ground on Thursday.
He said that the eco-friendly initiatives include a five MW solar power plant at Rs 25 crore. The installation will soon commence, he said and added that they are preparing the detailed project report for five MW wind energy generation in the port’s land. The port is also in the process of establishing a desalination plant at the cost of Rs 88 crore, which would facilitate supply of 50 lakh litres of water to the dry district.
A coal jetty to increase handling coal required by the thermal plants of the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) to 12 million tonnes has been completed, the chairman said and added that the TANGEDCO is expected to install the handling equipment there soon.
Conversion of berth number 9 as a container terminal, facilitating the port to grow from the status of container feeder port to transshipment hub and gateway port for mainline vessels are other future oriented projects. Widening the four-lane Korampallam Bridge into six lanes at Rs 41.55 crore to enable uninterrupted road connectivity from the road is underway.
As a part of Sagarmala initiative, the port has identified 702 acres of Port land to develop a Coastal Employment Unit – in which food processing, garments, machinery and other export oriented industries can be developed.